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Letter tW a& President 

Dear Friends, 


% we embark on the second Strategic Plan of my presidency, one of its many 
goals is to focus on "high-impact experiences*' — opportunities that help to shape our students for 
vital jobs in the real world. Our overarching goal is to ensure Lebanon Valley Colleges place as 
the best regional liberal arts and pie-professional college in Pennsylvania. 

In this issue of the President's Report, we share some of the many 
exciting things that are occurring on campus. You will meet ! 
dents, faculty, and alumni who are part of these high-impact 
experiences; through internships and internship-like events, 
independent studies, community service opportunities, 
study abroad, and capstone courses. 

Student-faculty research is no longer restricted to the 
sciences. Students across the disciplines are conducting 
research, making professional presentations, and publishing 
in a wide array of journals. In these pages, you will read 
about the students of Dr. Neil Perry, assistant professor of 
economics, who are completing a carbon footprint inventory 
for the College. They are also doing research for three local 
communities that are trying to reduce their carbon footprints 

Maria Jeannette '09 is among the leaders of the Colleges new 
Task Force on Sustainability. Already she is seeing improvements in LVC's 
efforts to recycle, reduce energy consumption, and minimize food waste. 

Monica Johnson D'09 describes how the personal attention she receives from her coaches 
and professors has led her to become a well-rounded student-athlete and community volunteer 
at the same time that she is earning a doctoral degree in the rigorous six-year Physical Therapy 
Program. Monica was a star member of the women's basketball team during the Colleges most 
successful era in the sport. Along the way, she has been an active volunteer with the local Special 
Olympics and YMCA. 

Success stories like hers are not possible without the necessary tools. Dr. Dennis Sweigart '63, 
LVC professor of music, wants all keyboard students to have the chance to learn and perform on 
the world's best pianos. Therefore, he created an endowment to lay the foundation for pur- 
chasing Steinway pianos for the College. Last fall, support came by virtue of a $100,000 gift. 
Through the efforts of LVC Trustee Daniel K. Meyer, M.D., '81, funding was obtained from the 
Otto Haas Charitable Trust #2 to purchase a new Steinway concert grand piano for Lutz Hall. 

In these difficult economic times, a major goal of the strategic plan is to establish a price 
structure for an LVC education that is fair and affordable for students and their families. Our 
College is annually recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a "Best Value" institution and will 
continue to work toward achieving this distinction each year. LVC s nationally recognized scholar- 
ship program provides scholarships worth as much as 50 percent off the value of tuition for those 


who perform well academically in high school. Katherine Dunnick *1 1 and Jennifer Dunnick 
'09 are siblings whose late father, Robert Dunnick *72, laid the path for their LVC experience. 
Katherine will be the beneficiary of the Colleges newest financial incentive. Beginning in fall 
2009, children of alumni will automatically receive $2,500 per year, for a total of $10,000 over 
four years. 

Jennifer expects to graduate this spring and pursue a career in research and medicine. 
Although she is graduating too soon to take advantage of the newly increased Children of Alumni 
Award, she has benefitted greatly from another high-impact experience at LVC — studying 
abroad. Her choice was LVCs New Zealand program. Jill Russell, LVC director of study abroad, 
has advised almost 600 students since 2001 who have traveled abroad through LVCs interna- 
tional programs. Meet her in these pages. 

As noted in the fall Valley, the Flying Dutchman, who recently reappeared on campus, 
isn't the only athletic tradition to be revived at LVC — lacrosse is back. After a 20-year hiatus for 
the sport, the College is resuming both mens and women's lacrosse in the spring of 2010. John 
Haus, former head coach of the University of North Carolina and the Johns Hopkins University 
mens teams, was named as head coach of the LVC program. Haus, who also led Washington 
College to the 1988 NCAA Division III Championship, will oversee the re-introduction of both 
the mens and women's programs. A women's coach will be announced later this year. 

Dale Oehler 75, for one, is excited about the return of lacrosse. A two-time Middle Atlantic 
Conference all-conference honoree, Oehler used the skills and discipline he developed as a 
lacrosse player to achieve success in his personal and professional life. Now senior vice president 
for client services at Time Warner Retail, the largest distributor of magazines in the world, 
Oehler has found lacrosse to be a way to make friends, exercise, and inspire young athletes. 

Despite the economic downturn around the world, it has been a year of many successes 
at LVC. But as we move forward, we must first honor those special people who have died after 
providing us with a great foundation in these challenging times. 

David C. Evans, former career planning and placement director, 22 years 

The Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Guinivan '39, H'66, trustee emeritus, 40 years 

Dr. George "Rinso" Marquette '48, vice president emeritus for student affairs, 39 years 

Dr. Joerg W.P. Mayer, professor emeritus of mathematical sciences, 27 years 

Howard A. Tony" Neidig '43, H'04, professor emeritus of chemistry, 37 years 

Dr. Agnes M, Boyle O'Donnell, professor emerita of English, 25 years 

Dr. E.D. "Bill" Williams Jr. P'76, H'88, trustee emeritus, 37 years 

LVC is a not quite the same without the guidance and wisdom of these seven friends who 
provided the College with more than 225 years of service as faculty, administrators, and trustees. 
Ihey will be missed. 

Best wishes, 

Stephen MacDonald 




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"I thought an energy audit would be the best way 
for the students to learn how we use energy." 

Dr. Neil Perry 

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Carbon Footprints 


hen Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Neil Perry wanted to teach his 
Energy Colloquium seminar students about energy use in our society, he had them design 
and execute a study to determine LVCs carbon footprint. "I thought an energy audit would 
be the best way for the students to learn how we use energy," says Perry. "They would look 
at our carbon footprint through our energy use on campus. Not only would they provide 
a service to the College, but they'd also get a good understanding of how energy is used. It 
was an excellent learning tool for us." 

In the process, the students may have learned as much about themselves as they did 
about their school. "Suddenly, the work you re doing is for something more than just a 
grade," says economics major Paul Hilbert '09. "Having that purpose makes the work much 
more meaningful. Now I know Im capable of accomplishing something beyond the typical 
academic sphere." 

What did the students discover? "That we re doing about as well as other similar 
schools, but there are certainly things we can do to improve," notes Perry, who says the 
idea for the project grew out of LVCs involvement with the Pennsylvania Environmental 
Resource Consortium, a group of 57 Pennsylvania colleges working to 

i" their campuses. "We re improving recycling now on campus. 
r e need to tighten up some of the buildings so less energy is being 
released outside." Once the project is complete, the team will 
make recommendations to LVC s administration for ways to 
further reduce energy use on campus. 

Equally valuable for students, Perry says, was the op- 
portunity to conduct research as undergraduates. "It certainly 
gives the students a better understanding of their disciplines. 
More than that, it gives them a different sense of self. They 
communicate with professors, and don't necessarily look at 
themselves as students. While it also looks good on a resume^ 
the main thing is the sense of satisfaction they get from con- 
tributing to something that's larger and broader than their own 

In coming months, Perry and his team plan to take their carbon- 
rbotprint measuring skills off campus. They Ve applied for a grant from the Penn- 
sylvania Department of Environmental Protection to perform carbon inventories 
of the neighboring municipalities of Palmyra and North and South Londonderry 
townships. Perry looks forward to giving his research team another opportunity to 
broaden their horizons in ways that benefit their community — and this time, they'll 
earn more than academic credit. 




hile she was still a student at Randallstown High School in 
Maryland, Monica Johnson D'09 set her sights on LVC. Her interest was 
piqued after a fellow varsity basketball player two years older was recruited 
to play for the Flying Dutchmen. "I followed her career while I was still in high 
school ," says Johnson, who wanted to play ball and prepare for medical school 
"A phone call to the basketball coach and admission counselor was all it took to get the ball 
rolling," she says. 

After six action-packed years on the court and in the classroom, this student-athlete earns 
her doctorate in physical therapy this spring. "I have always wanted to be a doctor. That's why I 
am at LVC," says Johnson, who played basketball as an undergraduate, first as a starter, and later 
as a team captain and two-time MVP during one of the Dutchmen's most successful sports eras. 

During her sophomore year, LVC s new Physical Therapy Program caught the all-stars 
attention. "I liked the fact that I could easily transition from my undergraduate degree to my 
graduate school degree, avoiding the stressful process of applying to a separate graduate school," 
she says. She also found time to volunteer in the community. "With my basketball teammates, I 
formed a relationship with the Special Olympics of Lebanon," she says, providing sports clinics 
and team meet-and-greet sessions to inspire younger athletes. The women's basketball team also 
volunteered for several farm clean-up projects, and she became a volunteer basketball coach at 
the local YMCA. 

Despite her intensive schedule, Johnson continues to give back to the community. "This 
past fall semester, as part of my pediatric therapy course, we structured a six-week Pediatric 
Aquatic Fitness Program for the local community, which allows children with disabilities to come 
to LVC once a week." 

Johnson admits she's learned valuable lessons not only from her profes- 
sors, but also during her days in the gym. "I think extracurricular activities 
are important for forming those memories that make the college experi- 
ence a special one," she says. 

It's a lesson Johnson plans on taking with her after gradua- 
tion. "I look forward to being a successful physical therapist. I 
want to excel in the profession and have my professors look at my 
accomplishments and be proud to say that they taught me," she 
says. But does that mean the soon-to-be physical therapist will be 
giving up hoops? Hardly. 

"I always tell people, T play basketball because I love to do it 
for fun.' But I didn't come to college to major in it," says Johnson. 




"This past fall semester, as part oFmy pediatric therapy course, 
we structured a six-week Pediatric Aquatic Fitness Program for 
the local community, which allows children with disabilities to 
come to LVC once a week." Monica Johnson D'09 


World Class Experience 


n her eight years as the advisor and now director of the LVC Study Abroad Program, Jill Russell has 
overseen the life-altering experiences of almost 600 students. Each, she says, returns more independent, confident, 
and globally aware. 

"Many of our students heading abroad have never flown. After LVC, if asked to fly, they can scratch 'first- 
flight jitters' from their concerns. They have already done it — perhaps halfway around the world to Australia or 
New Zealand. Additionally, just navigating a train in Italy or a hiking trail on a glacier in New Zealand provides en- 
tirely new skill sets," notes Russell. After the challenge of travel itself, the next big adjustment is, she says, 
learning to live without the electronic communication that permeates college life in the States. Because 
Internet access is limited, students adapt to far less electronic contact. In time, she notes, they savor the 
absence of 24/7 technology. One student, referring to the constant cell phone conversations and instant 
messaging of life back home, told Russell, "How nice it was to unload the GPS on my back. I wasn't 
able to be 'found' every second of the day." 

Of course, students do not study abroad so they can fly or free themselves from technology. 
Instead, they want a new cultural experience. Once abroad, their experiences often make them evaluate 
their American values. Students, Russell notes, appreciate all America offers, but can return 
questioning the difference between needs and wants. "I was very moved to hear that 
two students, who studied abroad in spring 2008, came home and gave half the 
clothing in their closets to charity. They survived for four months with only three pairs 
of jeans. Why did they need 12 pairs to bring back to LVC for the fall semester?" 

After hearing about their children navigating the tube in London or speaking in 
ft foreign language, Russell says that "parents sometimes get so excited they end up 
visiting their children abroad." "I make sure our students understand their courage to 
go abroad gives both visiting and non-visiting parents new life experiences through 
them. How great is that?" Occasionally, a student can even study in the town from 
which their family hails. One students experience included discovering a cemetery filled 
with her ancestors, meeting relatives, and learning how much she resembled an overseas 
family member. 

In addition to foreign connections, students make American friends, too. "Some 
professionals in the field of international education frown on American students befriending 
compatriots while abroad. Not me. Our students will find jobs in which they must interact 
with people from across the U.S." One current faculty member met his wife, a fellow American, 
during a semester abroad. "Now I'm not saying romance is guaranteed, but hey, it's possible," 
Russell says, laughing. 

Romance or no romance, studying abroad leads to all kinds of opportunities. "We encourage our students 
to list the study-abroad experience on their resumes. This alerts potential employers that the student is outgoing, 
«df-confident, independent, and a passport-holder." One student, while overseas, was interviewed by phone 
for an internship back in the States. Because the employer knew how much the student would gain from his 
experience abroad, he offered the internship on the spot. Another, when asked a tricky question during a medical 
school interview, shared stories from her time abroad. A lively discussion ensued as committee members shared 
tbeir experiences. The student relaxed, aced the interview, and eventually attended that medical school. 


Key Notes 


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hen Dennis Sweigart first came to Lebanon Valley College as a freshman 
from Reinholds in 1959, jazz was banned on campus and wouldn't be taught or encouraged for 
more than another decade. He studied classical piano in the long-gone Engle Hall. Currently a 
full professor of music, Dr. Dennis Sweigart '63 has been teaching piano, piano collaboration, 
keyboard harmony, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and form and analysis since 1972 — two 
years before Blair Music Center opened. 

He's seen a lot of changes over the decades, but now, as he contemplates retirement, he's 
looking forward to more than his own future. "I want to leave the College better than I found 
it," he says. Sweigart has noticed that the piano students he teaches today are increasingly 
talented and committed. He wants to ensure that the instruments they play are of the highest 
quality and well maintained. He wants to guarantee that the best, most talented high school 
pianists who audition here will have no reason 
to go elsewhere. After all, Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege is renowned for its Music Department. 
"The faculty and programs are excellent — by all 
accounts — and this is the best faculty that I've 
seen as long as I've been here." LVC s excellent 
piano faculty and distinguished visiting artists 
also deserve the best concert pianos, Sweigart 

Sweigart knew his plan to endow an instrument repair and replacement fund would be 
cosdy — at least a million dollars. And he knew that he could provide only the seed money. But 
this dapper, soft-spoken man is also a betting man. He is betting that at least some of the race 
horses he shares ownership in will lead to more big payoffs at the track. He is betting that he can 
play Beethoven's Emperor Concerto from memory March 15 with the LVC Symphony Orchestra. 
And a year ago, he bet the time was right to make a gift of a certain stock to LVC for the seed 
money for what has become The Steinway Endowment Fund. He hoped these instruments could 
be Steinways, prized as the most beautiful and reliable pianos in the world — the only pianos that 
actually become more valuable as the years go by. As others learned of his idea, their enthusiasm 
grew. Through the efforts of LVC Trustee Daniel K. Meyer, M.D, '81, funding was obtained last 
fall from the Otto Haas Charitable Trust #2 to purchase a new Steinway concert grand piano for 
Lutz Hall. 

Beginning in fall 2009, the Steinway will be put to good use as the College has established 
the first Distinguished Artist Series. The Series will bring to campus national and international 
performance artists for public concerts or presentations in each academic year. Thanks in large 
part to Sweigart and Meyer, the inaugural focus will be on pianists performing on the College's 
new Steinway D in Lutz Hall of Blair Music Center. 

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ve the College better than 
found it." Dr. Dennis Sweigart '63 

energy con: 
definitely has a huge 
impact on college 
campuses, even smalle 
ones like LVC." 
Maria Jeannette '09 

Environmentally Sound 



ve been interested in environmental issues for as long as I can remember,' 
says Maria N. Jeannette, a 21 -year-old LVC senior from Tullytown, and one 
of the most active environmentalists on campus. As an officer with the Colleges 
newly appointed Task Force on Sustainability and a member of the College' 
environmental group S.A.F.E. (Student Action for Earth), Jeannette 
hopes to reduce LVC s carbon footprint and educate everyone at the 
Valley about the benefits of "going green." 

"Energy consumption definitely has a huge impact on college 
campuses," she says, "even smaller ones like LVC. The same is true 
about the amount of water we consume and the amount of waste we produce." 
The eco-conscious English major has not only been keeping an eye on the school 1 
recycling program, but she also has been monitoring food offerings in the College dining rooms 
and eyeing the types of packaging that go in and out of campus. 

Lately, Jeannette says the campus has been making significant strides in "going green." 
Although recycling bins have been available in campus offices for years, these bins are now 
also available at all campus sporting events, parties, and picnics. Jeannette, along with Gregory 
Krikorian, vice president of student affairs, and Don Santostefano, senior director of facilities 
management, has submitted a list of suggestions that would make the campus even greener, a 
goal she says would not only help save the environment, but also save money. 

"If there is something we can do to substantially reduce our negative impact, why wouldn't 
we try to do that? Even the smallest efforts can all add up, like setting printers to print on both 
sides of the paper or using recycled paper," says Jeannette. "Ride a bike or walk whenever pos- 
sible. If you need to drive, try to carpool." She also advocates unplugging appliances and cell 
phone chargers when not in use, and turning off unnecessary lights. "There is a common miscon 
ception that going green is difficult. In truth, it's rather simple. For example, you can 
decide to buy food from a local, organic farm." 

Last year, she took a class scheduled as part of the Colleges Energy Colloquium 
and was inspired to dig deeper into issues related to energy, recycling, and 
reducing waste. "Prior to that class, I never realized the severity of our energy 
dependency or how oil fuels so many of our decisions on a national level," she 
says. "Taking the class was the best thing I ever could have done." 


LAX is Back 


; senior vice president for the client group at Time Warner Retail, the largest distributor 
of magazines in the world, Dale Oehler '75 can tell you exacdy what makes him enthusiastic about his 
career. "I like that every day is different — nothing is routine. I like the challenge." He clearly thrives on 
the competition, camaraderie, and teamwork necessary to carve out a market share for the more than 600 
magazines he oversees in the United States and around the world. Oehlers team markets magazines at 
more than 120,000 retail oudets in the United States alone. 

Oehlers career provides many perks, but the one he appreciates most right now is flex time, so he can 
make the 80-mile commute home to the New Jersey shore in time to coach youth lacrosse. When he s not 
traveling, he is at his desk at 6:30 each morning to accommodate his 1 1 -month coaching schedule. 

Through sports, including his four years as a starter on LVC's lacrosse team in the early 1970s, 
Oehler says, "You learn how to lead, manage time, focus, and be much more disciplined. And on 
the flip side, you learn how to adapt to disappointment, and in some subde ways, that helps you, too." 

After being recruited to play lacrosse at LVC from his hometown of Wilton, Conn., Oehler was 
excited to sign up for a "national powerhouse" team at a small college with a good academic reputation 
where he could be a starter even as a freshman. "We were very competitive freshman year, and sophomore 
year was even better when the LVC team qualified for the NCAA tournament. In the following couple 
of years, we tailed off." He was selected all-Middle Adantic Conference in his junior and senior years, 
and won some lacrosse awards, but left LVC disappointed. Recruiting efforts had fallen off, the team had 
shrunk, and the program itself would be gone in another 10 years. 

Now that "Lax is Back" at LVC beginning in 2010, future athletes here can experience some of the 
lifelong benefits Oehler has enjoyed. As he began crisscrossing the country in the early 1980s during his rise 
in business, it was lacrosse that gave him access to "an instant group of friends" wherever he landed. "One of 
the first calls I made was to get a hold of a group of guys who were playing lacrosse." Over the years, Oehler 
moved five or six times and played on eight or ten different teams, including all-star teams. 

Lacrosse is still his life, even though he doesn't play as much as he coaches. Now, in keeping with 
Time Warners' corporate ethic and his lifelong enthusiasm for the sport, he gives back by coaching and 
serving as 1st vice president on the board of the U.S. Lacrosse New Jersey South Chapter. He helped start 
a youth lacrosse program in Fair Haven, N.J., and helped launch a varsity program at the local high school. 
His sons, Steve and Ryan, play, and even his wife, Holly, has no choice but to plaster a "Lacrosse Mom" 
sticker on her car. 


"We get to know our professors 

really well." Katherine Dunnick ' 1 1 




program, which is another reason 
I moved across the country." 

Jennifer Dunnick '09 (left) 

Family Legacies 


-JL Jl, few summers ago while she was still in high school, Jennifer 
Dunnicks father, Robert Dunnick 72, took his family from their West Coast 
home in La Center, Wash., to see his old stomping grounds in Pennsylvania. 
One stop was at Lebanon Valley College, where Dunnick, who was an envi- 
ronmental chemical engineer with Ashland Chemical, had been a student. 

"I fell in love with it," says Jennifer, now a senior completing a 
double degree in biology and psychobiology at the Valley. And she's 
not the only one. Her sister, Katherine '11, also a biology major, soon 
traveled to the East Coast to join her. Jennifer says her father, who died in 
January 2008, had been pleasandy surprised that his daughters embraced his alma mater. 
Among the Dunnicks, the College has been a family affair. Their aunt, Robert's younger sister, 
Susan Dunnick Clouser of Red Lion, graduated in 1975. 

For the Dunnick sisters, attending the College was an easy decision. "They have an amazing 
science program, which is another reason I moved across the country," Jennifer notes. Katherine 
says she chose the College because she wanted something new and interesting. "I really like it. 
We get to know our professors really well," Katherine adds. "I've always been interested in science, 
and I have found the human body fascinating." 

Both sisters have been active in the Student Alumni 
Association, which Jennifer served as president. Jennifer 
studied abroad with the College's New Zealand pro- 
gram. She was also a cheerleader in her freshman and 
sophomore years before devoting more of her time to 
tutoring freshman biology students. She says that the 
tutoring involves moral and intellectual support. "A lot 
of tutoring is telling them they can do it. They can get 
an 'A' on this test," she says. 

Jennifer is now looking at medical schools with 
the possibility of a research job at the National Insti- 
tutes of Health as a prelude. Katherine will benefit 
from the Colleges new Children of Alumni Award. 

Beginning in fall 2009, children of alumni will automatically receive $2,500 per year, for a total 
of $10,000 over four years. 


Longtime Dean and Legendary Coach 
George 'Rinso' Marquette Dies 

eorge Reynolds "Rinso" Marquette *48 of 
Annville, who in his nearly 40-year career at Lebanon Valley 
College served as an inspirational dean and a legendary coach, 
died on Nov. 15, 2008. He was 84. Marquette, vice president 
emeritus for student affairs, retired in 1990. He was one of a 
handful of College leaders in the 20th century who was so 
closely identified with the Valley that he had an impact on 
nearly every facet of life here. "He simply is Lebanon Valley 
College," a colleague said of him nine years ago, when 
Marquette and his wife, Rufina '51, were guests of honor at 
the dedication of the new Marquette Residence Hall. 

Marquette, a gifted athlete and musician, came to Lebanon 
Valley College in 1942 after winning a half scholarship in 
each of those areas. "When I was notified that I had been 
awarded the [music] scholarship, I knew I would attend 
Lebanon Valley. My father was a blacksmith and I could 
not have attended college without some type of significant 
financial assistance," he told Robert J. Andrew '90 for a 
commemorative piece in La Vie Collegienne. The article, 
published 18 years ago to mark Marquette s retirement, is 
the basis for much of what follows. 

When Marquette arrived on campus as a freshman from 
Shamokin in the fall of 1942, he expected to be drafted soon 
for World War II, and he was. "We were all lined up on the 
[train] platform on a cold February day waiting to leave. The 
College gave us a send-off, but it was so cold that the valves 
on the band instruments froze. It was a solemn time, all of 
us young men waiting to go out into the unknown, not 
knowing if we would ever return." 

Marquette served for 34 months in England as a radio 
operator/gunner on bombing missions. On one of those 
missions Marquette almost lost his life. "Our plane was hit 
and the oxygen was knocked out so we had to rely on walk- 
around tanks of oxygen." Wearing his Air Force-issue silk 
gloves, he grabbed an oxygen tank, but it slid out of his 
slippery hands and into the bomb bay, out of reach. 

"At that moment I knew it was over " recalled Marquette. 
Luckily, one of the other crew members found oxygen and 
was able to revive Marquette just minutes before it would 
have been too late. Being just 19 years old and so close to 

death made a deep impression on Marquette. "My life since 
this incident has been a gift. I made up my mind that if I 
could be in a position to help someone, the rest of my life 
would be worthwhile." 

As soon as he was discharged from the service, Marquette 
came back to continue his education at Lebanon Valley College, 
where he was known as an energetic student with a magnetic 
personality who liked to be a jokester. He lettered in baseball, 
playing second base, and scored a career total of 30 points in 
football. He also captained the basketball team. In addition 
to being a "terrific trumpeter for the dance band," one of his 
classmates recalls, Marquette was active in student government. 
His athletic achievements were to be hailed years later when 
he was elected to both the LVC and Pennsylvania sports halls 
of fame. 

Lebanon Valley College is the place where Marquette 
met his future spouse, Rufina F. Balmer. Marquette was a 
senior when the freshman music major from Lititz arrived on 
campus. They were married for 57 years. 

After graduating in 1948, he took a teaching/coaching 
job at the former Myerstown High School, where he taught 
history. While there, Marquette played minor league baseball 
for the Detroit chain in the Pennsylvania-Ohio-New York 
League and then in the Canadian-American League. Marquette 
was summoned by the Detroit chain to go to Panama City, 
Fla., as a player/coach. He took time off from teaching and 
spent a year playing baseball full time. "It was the best year of 
my life. To get up every morning and be a little boy — to play 
a game and have fun is a great experience." 

The scout who signed up Marquette said he was probably 
the second-best second baseman in the leagues at that time. 
But, in order even to be considered by the major leagues, 
Marquette would have to go to spring training and really 
make an impression. "At the time, I was madly in love," 
Marquette remembered fondly. Instead of going to spring 
training, Marquette earned a masters degree in health and 
physical education at Columbia University in 1951 and then 
got married. "I have never regretted it," he said. 

A year later, Marquette returned to Lebanon Valley 
College as chairman of the Physical Education Department 


and as the head coach for both the baseball and basketball 
teams. In 1953, during his first year as mens basketball coach, 
he led the Dutchmen's Seven Dwarfs — no player was over 6 
foot 1 — to the NCAA playoffs. With an enrollment of just 
over 400, LVC made history as the smallest college ever to 
play in the Sweet 16, a feat that can never be duplicated now 
that the College competes in Division III. Marquette was 
one of the first to coach the now well-known zone matchup 
strategy. After upsetting mighty Fordham in the first round, 
LVC fell to heavily-favored Louisiana State University in the 
next round. 

Marquette continued to coach baseball successfully for 
four years until he became dean of men in 1956 and he stayed 
on as basketball coach until 1960. "I suppose his achievements 
could easily be accounted for by his basketball teams' excellent 
records, but I think most importandy, Rinsos great accomplish- 
ment has been to train students' minds as well as muscles," 
wrote a fellow student. 

After deciding that administration was where he really 
wanted to be, Marquette earned his doctorate in education 

"The greatest job of being in student affairs 
is seeing the success stories and turnarounds 
of the students. The students make this job 
very rewarding." George 'Rinso' Marquette 48 

in 1967 from Temple University. Of the 53 education 
doctorates Temple awarded that year, Marquette s dissertation 
was chosen as the most outstanding. 

After being promoted to vice president of student affairs 
in 1984, Marquette described the job as a "weighty position" 
because his decisions could seriously affect a persons life. 
"Because of this important responsibility, I always try to leave 
people with a way out," Marquette reflected. "I know I've 
been criticized a lot," Marquette continued, "but coaching 
taught me to handle criticism. I make my decisions based on 
how I can create good from a situation, not based on how or 
what others will think of me." His colleagues and students 
remember him as someone who was caring and brought a 
sense of family to the College. He recalled, "The greatest job 
of being in student affairs is seeing the success stories and 
turnarounds of the students. The students make this job very 

In the community, Marquette was known for his many 
years of energetic service to the Annville-Cleona Recreation 

Association, where he helped to plan the community swim- 
ming pool and organize youth sports. 

As he contemplated retirement, Marquette got glassy- 
eyed when he admitted, "Stepping away will be tough. 
Lebanon Valley College has really been my life." By the time 
he retired in 1990, Marquette had helped nine students over 
a 1 5-year-period win Fulbright awards. Marquette received 
the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1993. His name is 
linked to LVC sports each November for the annual Rinso 
Marquette Basketball Tournament. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Reynolds 
B. and his wife, Kala M. Marquette, of Lynchburg, Va.; and 
Robby L. Marquette of Lebanon; four grandchildren, and 
one great-grandson. 


Board of Trustees 2007-2008 


William Lehr Jr. 

Dr. Edward H. Arnold H'87 

Katherine J. Bishop 

Harry B. Yost '62 

Beth Ester 

Deborah R.Fuliam '81 

James M. Mead 

Vice Chair 
Vice Chair 

Assistant Secretary 
Assistant Treasurer 

2007-2008 BOARD 

Kristen R. Angstadt 74, B.A., MA, Ph.D. 

Supervisor of Pupil Services, Capital Area Intermediate 
Unit #15 

Edward H. Arnold H'87, B.A., LH.D. 
Chairman, Arnold Logistics 

Katherine J. Bishop, B.A., M.S. 
President Lebanon Seaboard Corporation 

Edward D. Breen, B.S. 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tyco Electronics 

The Rev. Alfred T. Day III, B.A., M.Div. 
Senior Pastor Historic St. George's Methodist Church in 
Old City Philadelphia 

Wesley T. Dellinger 75, B.S., CRS, GRI, CSP 

ABR Realtor, Brownstone Real Estate 

Geret P. DePiper'68, B.A. 

Retired Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, 
CSX World Terminals 

Ronald J. Drnevich, B.S. 

Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chair of the Board, 
Capital Blue Cross; Retired Chairman and Chief Executive 
Officer, Gannett Fleming, Inc. 

Charles R. Fisher '09 

Student Trustee 

Stacy Goodman, B.S., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Biology, LVC 

Gary Grieve-Carlson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 

Professor of English, Director of General Education Program, LVC 

Robert E. Harbaugh 74, B.A., M.D. 

Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, 
Penn State College of Medicine 

Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, B.A., M.Ed. 
Chief Executive Officer, A.S.K. Foods, Inc. 

John F. Jurasits Jr. P'03, B.S. 

Retired Vice President, Solution Technologies, Inc. 

F. Obai Kabia 73, P'99, P'00, P'02, B.S., M.P.A. 

Political Affairs Officer, United Nations 

George J. King '68, B.S. 

President/Chief Financial Officer, RWS Energy Services 

Louis B. Laguna, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Psychology, LVC 

Malcolm L. Lazin '65, B.S., J.D. 

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Equality Forum 

William Lehr Jr., B.B.A.,J.D. 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Blue Cross; 
Community Volunteer; Retired Senior Vice President and 
Secretary, Hershey Foods Corp. 

Stephen C. MacDonald, B.A., Ph.D. 
President, LVC 

James M. Mead, B.S., M.A. 

Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital 
Blue Cross 

Daniel K. Meyer '81, B.A., M.D. 

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Program Director, Division of 
Infectious Diseases, Cooper University Hospital 

Rachel Moore '08 

Student Trustee 

John S. Oyler, B.A., J.D. 

Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC 

Thomas E. Philips, B.A., M.B.A. 

Retired Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch & Co. 

Lynn G. Phillips '68, B.S., M.S.E., D.Ed. 

Retired Senior Director and Chief Administration Officer, 
Custom Programs, Aresty Institute of Executive Education, 
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 

George M. Reider Jr. '63, B.S. 

Retired Insurance Executive and Former Insurance 
Commissioner, State of Connecticut 

Thomas C. Reinhart '58, H'97, B.S., LH.D. 

Retired Owner/President, T.C.R. Packaging, Inc. 

Stephen H. Roberts '65, B.S. 
President, Echo Data Services, Inc. 

Elyse Rogers 76, B.A., J.D. 

Partner, Keefer Wood Allen & Rahal, LLP 

Frank R. Sourbeer 72, B.A. 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Wilsbach Distributors, Inc. 

Alan A. Symonette, B.A., J.D. 


Albertine P.Washington, H'97, B.A., D.P. 
Retired Educator, Lebanon School District 

Samuel A. Willman '67, B.S., M.Com. 
President, Delta Packaging, Inc. 

Harry B. Yost '62, B.S., J.D., LL.M. 

Senior Partner, Appel & Yost, LLP 




Raymond H. Carr, Ph.B., LLB. 

Realtor; Commercial and Industrial Developer 

Suzanne H. Arnold H'96 

Community Leader and Philanthropist 

Ross W. Fasick '55, H'03, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., L.H.D. 

Retired Senior Vice President, EJ. DuPont de Nemours and Co. 

Eugene C. Fish H'82, B.S., J.D., L.H.D. 

Chairman and President, Peerless Industries, Inc.; Chairman 
of the Board, Eastern Foundry Company; Managing 
Partner, Romeika, Fish and Scheckter 

Bishop Marcus Matthews, B.A., M.Div., D.D. 
Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of The United 
Methodist Church 

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, B.A., M.Div. 

Bishop of the Central PA Conference of The United 
Methodist Church 

Eugene R. Geesey '56, B.S. 

Retired, Owner/President, CIB Inc. 

Darwin G. Glick '58, B.S. 

Retired President, Glick, Stanilla and Siegel, CPA 


Martin L Gluntz '53, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 
Retired Vice President, Technical Services, Hershey 
Internationa! Division, Hershey Foods Corporation 

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Elaine G. Hackman '52, B.A. 

Retired Business Executive 


The Rev. Gerald D. Kauffman '44, H'65, A.B., B.D., D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Officer of the 
Courts, County of Cumberland; Pastor Emeritus, Grace 
United Methodist Church, Carlisle 


Kenneth H. Plummer 

Retired President, E.D. Plummer Sons, Inc. 

Bruce R. Rismiller '59, B.A., M.S. 

Retired Executive Vice President, Northwest Airlines 

F. Allen Rutherford Jr. '37, H'85, B.S., LLD. 

Retired Principal, Arthur Young and Company 

The Rev. Daniel L Shearer '38, H'65, A.B., M.S.T., S.T.M., B.D. 
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church 

Morton Spector H'02 

Co-owner, Design House Kitchens and Appliances, LLC 

Elizabeth K. Weisburger '44, H'89, B.S., Ph.D., D.Sci. 
Retired Chief of Carcinogen Metabolism and Toxicology 
Branch National Cancer Institute 

Harlan R.Wengert, B.S., M.B.A., D.Sci. 

Retired Chairman of the Board, Wengert's Dairy, Inc. 

Editors: Kelly Alsedek, Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97, Lauren McCartney 
Cusick, Tom Hanrahan, Cindy Progin '04, and Anita Williams 

Production Manager: Kelly Alsedek 

Writers: Marianne Clay, Fred Cusick, Lauren McCartney Cusick, Tom 
Hanrahan, Christine Brandt Little, and Natalie Hope McDonald '97 

Designer: Tom Castanzo, Primo 106 Marketing Communications, Inc. 

Portrait Photography: Matthew Lester 

•E.D. Williams Jr. H'88 

Private Investor 

The Rev. J. Dennis Williams, H'90, B.A., M.Div., D.Min., 
D.D., H.D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church, Former District 
Superintendent and Dean of Cabinet of the Eastern 
Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church 



Statement of Activities 

For years ended June 30 




Educational and general: 

Tuition and Fees 

(net of institutional 

financial aid) 



Government Grants 



Gifts and Private Grants 



Endowment / 

Investment Income 



Auxiliary enterprises 



Interest on loans 



Gains on investments, net 



Total revenue and 

other additions 




Gains on 
Investements, net 




Gifts and 


Tuition and Fees 
-f institution 





Educational and general: 


Academic Support 

Student Services 

Public Services 

Operation and 
Maintenance of Plant 

General Institution 

Student Aid (government) 

Auxiliary enterprises 

Total expenditures and 
other deductions 

Change in Net Assets 

Net assets beginning of year 

Net assets end of year 




















$42,293,920 $39,284,029 

2,442,328 10,965,303 

$102,657,382 $91,692,079 

$105,099,710 $102,657,382 


Student Aid 











Operation and 
Maintenance 1 % 

of Plant Public 






President's Rei 


Lebanon Valley College 
101 North College Avenue 
Annville. Pennsylvania 17003-1400 

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